Permanent Representative from Maldives to the United Nations (UN) and Ambassador to the United States of America, Dr. Ali Naseer said that the Rohingya Muslims’ situation will be addressed in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the 27th of October 2017.
Speaking to the press, Dr. Naseer denied all the rumors about the Maldives not participating in an anti-genocide vote and assured that Maldives will advocate its full capability on the issue regarding the situation in Rakhine state of Myanmar during the discussions scheduled to be held on 27th October.
Dr. Naseer also shed some light on the long history of debate at the United Nations about the guidelines of Myanmar government on the issue of violence against Rohingya Muslims. He said that this issue has been an on-going debate for over 22 years and that some fundamental regulations of the Myanmar Government must be changed to bring an end to the continued suffering of the Rohingya Muslims.
Ambassador Naseer also said that the Maldives has previously advocated against the atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in the Human rights Council of the UN and that Maldives will continue to give support and backing on any issue or ruling on the Myanmar situation. He added that Myanmar situation was brought to the attention of all in the Maldivian address in last year’s UNGA as well.
Maldivian Government has, in the strongest of terms, condemned the atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslim community and ceased all trade ties to Myanmar until the situation is resolved.